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Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 4:19-cv-210-RH-HTC

Monday, November 30, 2020

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a case ready for dispositive motions in Pensacola. The case is Lee v. Centurion of Florida, LLC, et al., Case No. 4:19cv210-RH-HTC.

Plaintiff, an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, currently incarcerated at the Madison Correctional Institution Annex in Madison, Florida, seeks relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the institution’s medical provider and two physicians, as a result of an alleged delay in medical treatment beginning in July 2015 resulting in permanent blindness to his left eye, while Plaintiff was an inmate at the Madison Correctional Institution Annex.

Public funds are not available for payment of attorney’s fees. Fees may be recoverable under applicable law if plaintiff ultimately prevails. See 42 U.S.C. § 1988. Limited funds sometimes are available from the district’s Bench and Bar Fund for payment of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by attorneys providing representation of this type.

Members of the District’s bar will be afforded access to the electronic docket without charge for the purpose of considering whether to undertake the representation. Any attorney who wishes to provide representation should contact Plaintiff directly and may enter the case by filing a notice of appearance. If counsel appears, the Court will hold a scheduling conference by telephone.

3. The clerk is also directed to send this Order to all members of the Court’s bar who receive electronic noticing. Interested attorneys should contact Plaintiff directly.

4. Plaintiff’s motion requesting a stay (ECF Doc. 51) is DENIED.

5. Centurion of Florida, LLC’s Motion for Extension of Discovery and Associated Deadlines (ECF Doc. 52), Plaintiff’s motion for an enlargement of time (ECF Doc. 54), and Dr. Hasty’s Motion for Extension of Time (ECF Doc. 55) are GRANTED.

6. The Final Scheduling Order (ECF Doc. 44) is amended only as follows:

  • a. The parties must provide Rule 26(a)(2) disclosures of expert witnesses and their reports/opinions by December 18, 2020.
  • b. All discovery must be completed by February 1, 2021.2
  • c. All motions for summary judgment shall be filed no later than

7. Plaintiff’s motion to appear telephonically and for a pretrial hearing (ECF Doc. 54) is DENIED.

8. Plaintiff is warned that nothing in this order eliminates Plaintiff’s obligation to continue to prosecute this case, including continuing to engage in discovery and responding to motions or orders of the Court.
DONE AND ORDERED this 30th day of November, 2020.